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There are 5 ways to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego by plane, train, bus or car

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Fly  •  1h 15m

  1. Fly from Los Angeles (LAX) to San Diego (SAN) LAX - SAN

$109 - $341

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Bus Flixbus USA  •  4h 59m

  1. Take the bus from LA Downtown to San Diego FlixBus

$17 - $27

3 alternative options

Train  •  4h 27m

  1. Take the train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot Pacific Surfliner

$30 - $75

Bus Greyhound USA  •  4h 59m

  1. Take the bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Downtown Long Beach Station LAX to Long Beach
  2. Take the bus from Long Beach, Ca to San Diego, Ca 9455 / ...

$27 - $52

Drive  •  2h 20m

  1. Drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego 125.5 miles

$12 - $18

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The cheapest way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego is to drive which costs $12 - $18 and takes 2h 20m.

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The quickest way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego is to fly which costs $100 - $350 and takes 1h 15m.

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No, there is no direct bus from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego. However, there are services departing from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal and arriving at San Diego, Ca via First & Shelter G S and Long Beach, Ca. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 59m.

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No, there is no direct train from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego. However, there are services departing from LAX via FlyAway and arriving at San Diego Santa Fe Depot via Los Angeles Union Station. The journey, including transfers, takes approximately 4h 27m.

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The distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) and San Diego is 112 miles. The road distance is 125.5 miles.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego without a car is to train which takes 4h 27m and costs $30 - $75.

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It takes approximately 1h 15m to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego, including transfers.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego bus services, operated by LAX FlyAway, depart from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal station.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at Los Angeles Union Station.

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The best way to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego is to fly which takes 1h 15m and costs $100 - $350. Alternatively, you can train, which costs $30 - $75 and takes 4h 27m, you could also bus, which costs $26 - $55 and takes 4h 59m.

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Map of how to get from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego.
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  • Distance: 111.9 miles
  • Duration: 1h 15m

What companies run services between Los Angeles Airport (LAX), USA and San Diego, CA, USA?

American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines fly from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego hourly. Alternatively, Amtrak operates a train from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego every 2 hours. Tickets cost $30 - $75 and the journey takes 2h 54m.

Airlines
American Airlines
Website
aa.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
48m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $600
Delta
Website
delta.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
56m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$140 - $600
United Airlines
Website
united.com
Flights from Los Angeles to San Diego
Ave. Duration
58m
When
Every day
Estimated price
$110 - $650
Train operators
Amtrak

Amtrak is a rail service that connects the US and three Canadian provinces. Covering 21,000 route miles (34,000km) Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily. These medium and long distance intercity services operate at speeds of up to 240km/h, to more than 500 destinations. Founded in 1971, it is based in Washington, D.C. and offers four classes of travel: First Class, Sleeper, Business and Coach. Ticket fares are divided into five subclasses: Saver, Value, Flexible, Business and Premium. Amtrak trains are known for their wide seats, plug-in power, big windows and storage capabilities.

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Contact Details
Phone
+1 215-856-7924
Website
amtrak.com
Train from Los Angeles Union Station to San Diego Santa Fe Depot
Ave. Duration
2h 54m
Frequency
Every 2 hours
Estimated price
$30 - $75
Website
amtrak.com
Coach Seat
$30 - $50
Flexi Coach Seat
$55 - $85
Business Coach Seat
$50 - $75
Room
$170 - $240
Bus operators
LAX FlyAway
Phone
(714) 507-1170 / (310) 834-1002
Website
flylax.com
Bus from Tom Bradley Int’l Terminal to Downtown Long Beach Station
Ave. Duration
59m
Frequency
Every 30 minutes
Estimated price
$8 - $11
Website
LAX FlyAway
Greyhound USA

Greyhound is a leading bus company based in Dallas, Texas, serving over 3800 destinations across North America, Mexico and Canada. Greyhound carries around 18 million passengers a year who travel 5.4 billion miles (8.6 billion km) a year on their fleet of around 1700 vehicles. For travel flexibility, you can board or get off a Greyhound bus at official Greyhound stations, partner stations and curbside stops. There are around 230 Greyhound stations across the US where you can both catch your bus and buy tickets, that are also available on the official website and via the mobile app.

Rome2rio's guide to Greyhound USA
Contact Details
Phone
+1 214-849-8100/1-800-231-2222
Email
ifsr@greyhound.com
Website
greyhound.com
Bus from Long Beach, Ca to San Diego, Ca
Ave. Duration
2h 40m
Frequency
Every 3 hours
Estimated price
$16 - $40
Website
greyhound.com
Economy
$16 - $25
Flexible
$29 - $40
Flixbus USA
Phone
(855) 626-8585
Website
flixbus.com
Bus from LA Downtown to San Diego
Ave. Duration
2h 55m
Frequency
Every 4 hours
Estimated price
$6 - $14
Schedules at
flixbus.com

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The quickest flight from Los Angeles Airport to San Diego Airport is the direct flight which takes 47m.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego bus services, operated by Greyhound USA, arrive at San Diego, Ca station.

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Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego train services, operated by Amtrak, arrive at San Diego Santa Fe Depot station.

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Yes, the driving distance between Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego is 125 miles. It takes approximately 2h 20m to drive from Los Angeles Airport (LAX) to San Diego.

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United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta offer flights from Los Angeles Airport to San Diego Airport.

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There are 1146+ hotels available in San Diego. Prices start at $79 USD per night.

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